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College of Education and Continuing Studies

Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation

Red Cross

Dr. Faye Gallop's class, along with HPER faculty and
staff, pose with representatives from the American Red Cross.

Dr. Faye Gallop, assistant professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, and her students gave a monetary donation to the American Red Cross in December. The $100 gift was part of the proceeds from Gallop’s aerobic dance class’ production in Ogden Hall Nov. 18. A total of $1,070 was raised at the event, “Five Rings of Victory,” where students performed dance routines to music from different countries that participated in the 2008 Olympics, including China and Brazil. “It is truly a blessing and we are grateful to have the support of Dr. Gallop, her students and all of the HU family,” said Jennifer Frank, special events coordinator for the American Red Cross’ Hampton Roads chapter. Funding from Gallop’s students helps the organization provide food, shelter and comfort to those affected by local disasters.

-Leha Byrd

School of Liberal Arts/School of Science

Department of Fine and Performing Arts/Department of Computer Science


Assistant Professor Solomon Isekeije stands
next to drafts of the robotic hands drawn by
HU students.t.

At HU, the creative minds of the art world are combining with the logical brainpower of computer science through a grant-supported project of the Advanced Robotics Technology for Societal Impact (ARTSI) Alliance. Dr. Chutima Boonthum, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and principal investigator of the ARTSI grant at HU, and Solomon Isekeije, assistant professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, are creating a robot that appears as a work of art and can play the violin. Currently in the design stage, the professors have been working outside of the classroom with art major James Howell, architecture major Katrina Bauer, and computer science major Omotunwase Olubayo to discover how various joints in the human anatomy function. This semester, they aim to progress into the design phase. As their works progress, they hope to integrate other disciplines into their project.

-Alison Phillips/Naima Gethers

School of Business

The Wachovia Foundation, in its ongoing effort to support education and community development, has made a contribution to the Hampton University School of Business. The $476,000 contribution will directly support the creation of Wachovia Foundation Financial Services Scholarships and a Virtual Trading Room. The Wachovia Foundation Financial Services Scholarships will provide 23 three-year scholarships for rising sophomores in the HU School of Business financial services program. Scholarship candidates must have attained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 to be eligible. A Virtual Trading Room will serve as a vital link between classroom learning experiences and business practices, and serve as a bridge between the classroom and financial markets.

-Yuri Milligan

School of Liberal Arts

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Alabama Sky Cast

The cast of "Blues for an Alabama Sky."

The spirit of the holidays filled Armstrong Hall’s Little Theatre on Dec. 12 as the Department of Fine and Performing Arts gathered to celebrate the closing of its December theater production, “Blues for an Alabama Sky.” The celebration was an opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of not just the cast, but all of the people who contributed to the production. The event featured a vast spread of food and homemade desserts, with Department Chair Dr. Karen Ward serving up glass after glass of red fruit punch. “It’s always a highlight of the year,” said Ward.

-Alison Phillips